Public Domain Day 2023 Remix Contest: The Internet Archive is Looking For Creative Short Films Made By You! (Internet Archive)

Internet Archive Blog: Public Domain Day 2023 Remix Contest: The Internet Archive is Looking For Creative Short Films Made By You!. “Public Domain Day is a celebration of all the rich materials that will be newly available to the public free of copyright restrictions. On January 1, 2023, most works published in 1927 will ascend into the Public Domain in the United States. We want artists to use this newly available content to create short films using resources from the Internet Archive’s collections from 1927.”

Wall Street Journal: Kids Don’t Want Cash Anymore–They Want ‘Robux’

Wall Street Journal: Kids Don’t Want Cash Anymore–They Want ‘Robux’. “Roblox and other virtual economies are changing families’ conversations about money, and helping solve the perennial parenting problem of controlling how kids spend online.”

The Local Germany: German archive acquires trove of works by poet Rilke

The Local Germany: German archive acquires trove of works by poet Rilke. “A huge collection of letters and manuscripts by modernist poet Rainer Maria Rilke has been handed over to the public German Literature Archive (DLA), the archive said Thursday.”

New York Times: A Paris Museum Has 18,000 Skulls. It’s Reluctant to Say Whose.

New York Times: A Paris Museum Has 18,000 Skulls. It’s Reluctant to Say Whose.. “While France has led the way in Europe in investigating and returning colonial-era collections of artifacts — cultural objects, made by human hands — it has lagged behind its neighbors when it comes to remains.”

Exclusive: Twitter exec says moving fast on moderation, as harmful content surges (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Twitter exec says moving fast on moderation, as harmful content surges. “Elon Musk’s Twitter is leaning heavily on automation to moderate content, doing away with certain manual reviews and favoring restrictions on distribution rather than removing certain speech outright, its new head of trust and safety told Reuters.”

Bloomberg: Twitter’s Credit Rating Withdrawn by S&P on Lack of Information

Bloomberg: Twitter’s Credit Rating Withdrawn by S&P on Lack of Information. “Twitter Inc.’s credit grade was withdrawn by S&P Global Ratings, which said it lacked sufficient information to continue covering the Elon Musk-owned social media company.”

PC Magazine: What’s a ‘Granfluencer’? Older Social-Media Stars Are Thriving

PC Magazine: What’s a ‘Granfluencer’? Older Social-Media Stars Are Thriving. “The term ‘influencer’ conjures images of young people, replete with ring lights and smartphone cameras, spending hours at home or out on the nearest sidewalk or boardwalk, attempting to capture a viral dance move or lip-sync the latest sampled catchphrase. Emphasis on “young”—but that isn’t always the case.”

Hollywood Reporter: Film Academy Foundation Union Voluntarily Recognized

Hollywood Reporter: Film Academy Foundation Union Voluntarily Recognized. “Around 90 workers — including archivists, film preservationists, librarians and curators working across the Academy Film Archive, Margaret Herrick Library, Science and Technology Council and in various Academy programs — are joining the Vernon-based AFSCME [American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees] Council, which also recently saw success in organizing the Academy Museum.”

Mercer University: COPA receives Georgia Humanities grant for work to document African American history in Coastal Georgia

Mercer University: COPA receives Georgia Humanities grant for work to document African American history in Coastal Georgia. “Mercer University’s College of Professional Advancement recently received a $2,500 grant from Georgia Humanities for its latest work in a nearly decade-long research-based, service-learning project to document African American history in Coastal Georgia.”

Bloomberg: Google Urged by US Lawmakers to Fix Misleading Abortion Ads

Bloomberg: Google Urged by US Lawmakers to Fix Misleading Abortion Ads. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google introduced a policy in 2019 that requires those advertising alongside search queries related to abortion to be certified based on whether they provide the procedure. In a letter addressed to Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai, Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, and Representative Elissa Slotkin, a Michigan Democrat, expressed concern that the search giant does not consistently apply those rules, which can lead users to crisis pregnancy centers — non-medical organizations that encourage visitors to keep their pregnancies.”

Iran International: Google Maps Gives Tehran Streets Pre-Revolution Names

Iran International: Google Maps Gives Tehran Streets Pre-Revolution Names. “Although individual users cannot change city, town, village and street names on the maps, names can be altered using Google’s feedback feature of the maps if a large group of users report the names are wrong and suggest alternative. Google maps may have become a new battleground where the opposition demanding regime change and the authorities and their supporters fight over street and even city names.”

Motherboard: Military Sim Developer Tired of Its Game Being Used to Fake War Footage

Motherboard: Military Sim Developer Tired of Its Game Being Used to Fake War Footage. “Bohemia Interactive, the Czech Republic based developer of the military simulator game Arma 3, has published a blog and a video it hopes will help it with a unique problem. Footage from the video game known for its realism has gone viral several times since the game’s release in 2013 as people have tried to pass off clips of the military simulation as footage of real war.”

The Verge: Why the worst recipes imaginable are blowing up on TikTok

The Verge: Why the worst recipes imaginable are blowing up on TikTok. “[Eli] Betchik is one of TikTok’s premiere rage-bait chefs: influencers who make videos of gruesome and often disgusting recipes, which they then consume in front of a camera. Most creators in the space claim to be driven by curiosity rather than fame, but their reliance on outrage to fuel their online presence is undeniable.”

The Scotsman: Val McDermid backs Save Our Stories appeal launched to secure future of ‘fragile and brittle’ newspaper treasure trove

The Scotsman: Val McDermid backs Save Our Stories appeal launched to secure future of ‘fragile and brittle’ newspaper treasure trove. “The guardians of Scotland’s biggest newspaper archive have launched an appeal to secure the future of ‘fragile and brittle’ collections said to be at risk of being lost forever due to their declining condition.”

CNET: Interactive Google Doodle Game Celebrates Video Game Pioneer Jerry Lawson

CNET: Interactive Google Doodle Game Celebrates Video Game Pioneer Jerry Lawson . “Known as the ‘father of the video game cartridge,’ Lawson led the team that would create a system that paved the way for several popular video game consoles.”